The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Online | Our Stories: High School Artists

Heidi Martinez, HOPE, 2020. Acrylic and mixed media. (front)   Bobby Liston, Desert Dreams, 2020. Acrylic and mixed media. (back)
Teacher: Jared Boone

May 15 – August 29, 2021

This special online exhibition showcases works by high school students from across Pima County and will be available here on May 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Whether in the classroom or at home, high school artists and art teachers are facing challenges in teaching, learning, and creating that no one could have imagined. This annual exhibition—now online due to COVID-19—will showcase the creativity and resourcefulness of emerging high school artists from across Tucson and Pima County. Artworks in this exhibit were created during the 2020-2021 school year and selected by local high school teachers.

What did emerging artists create or express through a year of change, loss, and uncertainty? How did teachers and students support and inspire each other when being together in the art classroom was very different or not possible? What new materials and ideas did artists and teachers discover when working in challenging circumstances? This exhibit showcases the diverse ideas, skills, and approaches to artmaking that have been developed by young artists and their teachers in Southern Arizona.

Five participating artists will also be chosen to receive the Outstanding Emerging High School Artist Award, selected by a jury of faculty from the University of Arizona School of Art and UAMA staff. In partnership with the School of Art, we are excited to offer $1,000 tuition awards to any Outstanding Emerging High School Artist awardee who enrolls as a BA or BFA major at the School of Art in the next two years.